Harish’s Plan

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“We know the thief is involved with the Alfonsos…………..but we do not have proper evidence, Nobody will believe what Ravi saw because he is still a kid” Abhijeet said. “Then what shall we do?” Harish asked. “Let us plan out our Tactics” Abhi said. “Let us spy on their house, probably with a video-cam so that we have proper evidence………….then we’ll show them the evidences and get the Alfonso’s arrested” He said. ” I bet they are fully involved in it” said Ravi who was still suffering the setback. ” They may not be” said Harish who was in a deep thought. He had read many detective stories but this was a bit too puzzled. This case didn’t have proper evidence…………suspects and everything………………….it looked like a blank case. “The thief might have crept inside the room and stayed there…………….Ravi!!How did you came to know that the Alfonsos were present”. “The T.V was open……………they had to be there” he replied.

“It is not so easy……………….there is a deep conspiracy somewhere, but for the timing………….let us visit all the places we had investigated earlier…………..We may find something if we all search together” he said. “Why don’t we go directly to the Alfonsos” Ravi asked……confused. “I’ll explain you ” saying so Harish called aunt………..”Coming” she shouted and reported to Harish. “Aunt, you were talking about the Alfonsos today with Gracia Aunt…………..”. “Oh yes!!………the Alfonsos are going for a vacation, probably to New Jersey and won’t be coming back till a month” she said. Abhijeet and Ravi were shocked………… but Harish wasn’t. He was beginning to see the puzzle. “Aunt, have you seen them going” he asked. “Yes!! I accompanied them to the airport………………… but, why are you asking me…….is everything alright” she asked a bit confused. “Oh!! nothing, aunt………I was just asking……….come on Abhijeet , Ravi…….let us play cards in the backyard house” he said. Abhi and Ravi were the most bewildered………….they followed him to the backyard house and went inside. Hari locked the door and showed them the piece of paper which he got from The Slaters’ and Jordans’.

“Its….Blank” the duo said.”No, its not, dumbos” he said. He lighted a candle and place the paper above it. It was clearly visible.

                                                               

                                                             25th Nov, Baker’s street, 12 o’ clock at Daykins’

“They’re planning to rob the Daykins” Abhijeet exclaimed. “Yep, Exactly” he said. “They are going to rob the Daykins Next week…………………I came to know that even the Daykins are  out of station”. “We got to tell the police” Ravi said. “I’ve tried” he said. “I went there early morning…………..they said that I was dreaming and shooed me out”. “Why didn’t you tell us” Abhijeet asked. “I just wanted to solve the case myself” he said. Abhijeet went angry……………….Ravi was also in the list. “You moron……………………we trusted you and you didn’t even think us capable of it” Abhijeet said and broke the table where Harish was sitting…………….and so, he fell off the ground. Ravi was too depressed to hear it. “You should have not done it” he said. “We trusted you more than ourselves………….and you in turn gift us with this” he said and kicked Harish. “I am sorry guys………………….please forgive me” Harish said. “Forget it” Ravi said. “Please friends……………….I know I am guilty, I apologize…………..I apologize………….Please forgive me” he said. Best friends cannot stay angry for much time……….they soon forgave him, and Harish promised never to betray them. With a new spirit in them they were ready to solve the case.

“Ravi!! give me the boot” Abhijeet said. “OK” he said and opened his boot and handed it over to Abhi. “Not this…………you fool……the thief’s” He said. “Oh!! sorry” he said and went to his room and returned with the boot.” Let us go to recent places where the theft took place and match the footprints…………..I think they are more than one” Harish said.

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Ravi’s Story

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By  the time Hari reached Aunt’s house………….Ravi was already there, they went to the “backyard house” to discuss it. Abhi and Hari narrated, their day and now it was Harish’s turn. “Friends!!” he screamed……..”Yes, dumbo…………we are listening”They said. “I’ve seen the thief” he exclaimed and roared into excitement. Harish and Ravi were dumfounded……..”How are you so sure” asked Harish who was a little disappointed for not having caught the thief himself. “Yes friends, let me continue the story” he said.

“It happened when I reached the Alfonso’s mansion……..I was thinking of an excuse to enter the house when I saw a……….. a shadowy figure climbing up the wall…..he tiptoed to the pipe and opened his boots……and he had left it there” he said as a proud peacock……..”He went to the room and was taking much time………so I creeped to the pipe and watched him………….unfortunately he didn’t come out, so I took his boots and came out of the house to hide………..I hid near the gate to watch him come out” Ravi said…………..showing them the boots which he nicked from the thief, showing them to the most bewildered Harish And Abhijeet. ” Are you waiting for an invitation??……….continue you story” They said not able to swallow what he said. Harish was most upset then Ravi…………He begin to regret why he wasn’t there in place of Ravi.

Ravi continued his story………”I waited for him to come out……….but he didn’t” he said. “I waited for him the whole day, but he didn’t…..”Are you sure” Harish Asked. “For the sake of your clothes……….I am telling the truth” he replied. “That means the thief might have known of Ravi’s coming and had left after Ravi had gone”  Abhijeet said. Ravi went red………….it was for his foolishness that the thief escaped. he was in tears…..”What I’ve done” he shouted………. and cried aloud. The duo tried to console him.

Suddenly Harish felt something odd.”Hey Ravi!! were the Alfonso’s in the house?” he asked. “Yes!! he replied still in tears……..”Then how did they not know about the thief’s presence…..the thief, he had to open the glass and get in…he should have made some noise” He said who was much confused. ” Which means they know the thief” said Abhijeet Shocked. “We should tell the police” said Ravi said. “Are you nuts!! they wouldn’t give us any credit and take it themselves…………..moreover they wouldn’t believe him” “It means we have a suspect” Said Harish. “yes” said the other two. “Let us have some food………..and then we’ll talk” Harish said. Abhi and Ravi agreed to do so.

Hari The Detective!!

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As Both the sisters A.K.A Mrs. Slater and Jordan lived next to each other, Harish decided to pay Mrs. Jordan a visit first….so off he went to the destination, To “The Jordan Palace” as it was written on the signboard, however it looked nothing like it………….the garden was full of rotten cabbages and Pumpkins……………………………. the house had the plaster coming out of the walls…………….most of the windows were broken and overall it didn’t have much of a good appearance……………………… “I wonder what the thief got by robbing here!!” thought Harish as he entered the house.

He had a good escuse to enter her house…………..he was disguised as a plumber and looked no less than a real one… He went to the door and rang the door-bell.To his disappointment……..it was not working, so he decided to knock the door!! and so he did………..Knock!! Knock!!. but nobody came out…………….”Guess nobody’s home” he thought. He decided to go to the other house to try his luck.But to his poor luck nobody was present their either. Mrs. Slater’s house was the same as that of Mrs. Jordan…………..only the difference was that Mrs. Slater has rusted roofs too which was made of tin…………it looked more like a criminal house.

“Looks like I’ve got some time to sneak-peak” thought Harish. He saw the fact that he wouldn’t get any other better opportunity than this…………so he decided to get the most of it. He gatecrashed into the garden of Mrs. Jordan and began his hunt for clues. He got the same footprints they had found previously. The thief had stepped into one of the pumpkins and, so his footprint had been left there. He didn’t get any other thing of  interest so he went back to Slaters’ to hunt for clues………….this time he had found really something odd…….”a piece of paper”, but it was blank however his heart insisted to take it………he kept it inside his pocket. Suddenly he felt a hand touch him. It were  Mr. and Mrs. Slater………..Mr. Slater punched him and caught him by the collar. “Darling!! I think I’ve caught the thief” he said. “I agree” said Mrs. Salter. “I am not the thief ” Harish said trying to bide himself. “Then what are you doing here eh!!…………trying to outsmart me ” he said. Harish realized it was the best time to run and he pushed Mr. Slater with all his might and ran away……Mr. Slater tried to chase him but ‘how can an uncle catch a youth??’ As for Harish……………he ran to the nearest corner and ‘un-disguised ‘ himself and went back to Aunt’s. “They are more Slayers than Slaters” Harish thought on his way home. He decided to go to the chemists first to do something about his squashed face. The Doc Gave him some painkillers and an ointment.

“That was a neat escape………….better not to fall in it anymore” thought Harish.

Chapter 6 @ Abhi’s Task

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Abhijeet Decided to visit Mrs. Franklin’s house first because the latest theft took place at her house……….so there might still be some evidences left, so off he went to the luxury home which belonged. “This is better than I expected” He said looking at the house….It was a four-storeyd building and looked more like a office building, it had large glasses instead of walls at the 1st floor. “She has the whole house whole to herself………when her hubby isn’t there!! Fancy Her!!” said Abhijeet and began to think of an idea to enter the house. He had a hundred rupee note, so he decided to try his luck with it…and he threw his rupee into the air and off it fell into Mrs. Franklin’s garden.”Lucky me” he said and rang the doorbell, which was on the gate.

Abhi pressed it and came aloud beep…………nobody came out of the house, but instead a voice came from the doorbell!! “Who are you and what do you want?” . Abhi realized that the doorbell had a microphone attached and the voice belonged to Mrs. Franklin. “I am Abhijeet, I am living at Mrs. Swan’s residence.”What do you want” came the voice from the doorbell. “My 100 rupee note has fallen inside, may I have your permission to collect it from you garden” Abhi said.”Oh! you may………just keep in mind not to destroy the plants or anything of that sort” she said. Abhi got the green signal and rushed into the garden.

As Mrs. Franklin was in the garden, instead of the room…………..So he had plenty of time to look for evidences. He knew where he had thrown the note and at once collected it from the spot and put it back into his pocket. He acted as if he was finding the note, but instead he was busy looking for evidences……….He went to the place where the drainage pipe was located……………he started looking all around it and all he found was:- NOTHING!!. “Oh!! I wasted my time” he said and decided to go to the next. He thanked Mrs. Franklin and went out of the house.

“Next Stop:- Mrs. Merry weather” said Abhijeet and started his journey……….He was feeling exasperated……….so he decided to have a ice cream cone and went to the nearest scoops parlor. He had a strawberry cone  and started towards Mrs. Merry weather.

Mrs. Merryweather wasn’t at home but her maid was generous enough to let him explore the garden. He started his search, and this time he got an early victory…………….he got a footprint which was identical to the sketch that Harish ‘Da Vinci’ had drawn. He has a xerox copy of it……………..so he got himself engaged in examining the footprints. “It Matched” he exclaimed happily……..Then he decided to search for more………………since the ground was wet he could clearly see the footprints. It looked like the thief came from the wall, ” he must have climbed up the wall and he must have went through this way” he thought and carefully noted down his observation.

He also saw some some footprints that had dried up and wasn’t clearly visible………..but his sharp eyes could see it clearly “So he climbed up this way………and did his work and came back the same way………………looks like my work here is done ” he said and went out. He went to the backside of the house and looked carefully at the wall and noticed carefully the footprints……….he followed the footprints to Mrs. Alfonso’s house but after that the footprints had disappeared.